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  • Fri, 09/02/2016 : The State Journal-Register

    We were heartened to see Gov. Bruce Rauner push forward changes in the flawed criminal justice system in Illinois. That system rounded up and locked up of a generation of young offenders, however minor the offense, and then locked them out of jobs and opportunities once they were free.


  • Tue, 10/27/2015 : WGN TV

    President Obama will travel to Chicago Tuesday to address a meeting of police chiefs from around the world and he's expected to call for stricter national gun laws.

    White House aides say the president will address the international association of chiefs of police and he's well aware of the overwhelming problem of gun violence in the city.

    He plans to address that and the broader topic of violence and how police can work more effectively to deal with it in their communities.


  • Mon, 10/26/2015 : WGCI 107.5

    Dr. Moss talks Gun Crime Dealers and Solutions to Take Guns Off the Streets with the Chicago Morning Takeover.


  • Mon, 10/26/2015 : NBC Chicago

    After 66 people were arrested during a protest on the first day of an impressive gathering of police chiefs in Chicago, the demonstrations continued Monday as the conference proceeded.


  • Mon, 10/26/2015 : ABC7 Chicago

    More than 14,000 law enforcement officials from around the country are in Chicago on Monday for the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, which has drawn protesters all weekend.

    The conference, which is being held at the McCormick Place, aims to showcase different crime-fighting tools to fight violence. It is the largest conference of its kind.
     


  • Mon, 10/26/2015 : WBEZ 91.5FM

    Listen to news piece about United Power for Action and Justice.

     

     


  • Tue, 10/06/2015 : The State Journal-Register

    One of the many sayings of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley went something like this: "It is easy to criticize, to find fault. But where are your programs? Where are your ideas?"


  • Tue, 01/21/2014 : OakPark.com

    Gov. Quinn paid a visit to Ascension Church Sunday afternoon for a United Power for Action and Justice (UPAJ) meeting that packed the church with more than 800 people. Ascension hasn't been that full since Midnight Mass, which, as it happens, was the last time Quinn visited Ascension, so he's used to standing room only in church.


  • Sun, 09/01/2013 : Chicago Sun-Times

    My friend Lori Puerschner is the face I see. And the voice I hear on this so-called holiday. Because she, at 59, hasn’t had more than a week’s vacation in any given year for the last 30 years. There is no time off when all your time is spent looking for work. Or working wherever you can, whenever you can.


  • Mon, 07/15/2013 : Park Ridge Sun Times

    Before a crowd of largely gun-rights supporters, the Park Ridge City Council quietly agreed Monday not to pursue a local law banning assault weapons.


  • Mon, 06/03/2013 :

    Changes in staffing at United Power for Action and Justice as of June 1, 2013.


  • Fri, 04/19/2013 : New York Times

    In the months after his father’s murder in early 1999, those months stretching formlessly between the mourning ritual of shiva and the impending trial of a suspect, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher received many messages of solace. There was one type, however, that tested every atom of clerical forbearance he possessed.


  • Mon, 04/01/2013 : ChicagoCatholicNews.com

    Commandments, God delivered many more. Among them (Leviticus 19:16 in NABRE) is this: You shall not “stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake. I am the Lord.” This commandment provides the theme for a new campaign on responsible gun manufacturing, gun retailing and gun use.


  • Tue, 03/26/2013 : OakPark.com

    While many Chicagoans were out at their favorite pub on St. Patrick's Day, I was at a Jewish Temple with nearly 500 Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and some non-religious people, all eager to learn what we can do together to push for accountability on gun violence. The meeting was hosted by United Power for Action and Justice, of which a number of churches in Oak Park and River Forest are members, including my parish, Ascension Catholic Church. The meeting was attended by a number of elected officials including Governor Quinn, Senate President Cullerton, and Oak Park's President David Pope.


  • Thu, 03/21/2013 : Skokie Review

    There were heart-wrenching stories about the unimaginable devastation of gun violence, but the people telling them were not there just to tell stories.
    They were not content with 500 people in the audience merely shaking their heads, dabbing their eyes and displaying empathy because of the tragedies they have had to endure.


  • Mon, 03/18/2013 : Progress Illinois

    Legislators and gun control advocates united Sunday afternoon to discuss and rally around state and federal gun control legislation being considered in the Illinois General Assembly and U.S. Congress. Progress Illinois was there for the unifying, and at points emotional, event...


  • Sun, 03/17/2013 : NWI.com

    Gov. Pat Quinn spent his second consecutive Sunday at Chicago houses of worship calling for more anti-violence efforts on city streets and the need for an assault weapons ban _ pointing specifically to the recent shooting death of a 6-month-old girl.

    The Chicago Democrat stopped at two churches and a Chicago synagogue to help launch an anti-gun violence campaign with religious and community leaders. Quinn, who likely faces a tough re-election next year, also used the chance to tout his budget proposal, playing up how he's retained money for early education.

    He cited the slaying last week of Jonylah Watkins, who was shot as her father was changing her diaper. Police believe Jonathan Watkins, a suspected gang member, was the target; he was wounded in the shooting.

    "That little baby did not have a chance for early childhood education," Quinn told congregants of United Baptist Church on the city's West Side. "She's teaching us in heaven right now that we here on earth have some work to do." ...


  • Sun, 03/17/2013 : Chicago Sun-Times

    Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton met with community activists Sunday afternoon at a Gold Coast synagogue to support an effort to curb gun violence.
    “The only way to beat a powerful lobby is to organize,” Quinn told a group of about 400 at the Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware. “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and organize.”
    The meeting was hosted by United Power, an umbrella group of religious and community organizations from around Cook County that focuses on social issues...


  • Sun, 03/17/2013 : CBS

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn spent his second consecutive Sunday at Chicago houses of worship calling for more anti-violence efforts on city streets and the need for an assault weapons ban — pointing specifically to the recent shooting death of a 6-month-old girl
    The Chicago Democrat stopped at two churches and was scheduled to speak later in the day at a Chicago synagogue to help launch an anti-gun violence campaign with religious and community leaders. Quinn, who likely faces a tough re-election next year, also used the chance to tout his budget proposal, playing up how he’s retained money for early education...


  • Mon, 11/12/2012 : The Guardian

    Every weekday Valdemar Ventura, a gentle man with impeccable manners, leaves his small flat in south London and, until July, made his way to Downing Street and the Cabinet Office, where his duties included cleaning the floors, lavatories and office of the deputy prime minister,Nick Clegg. "A good man," Ventura says. "He always said, 'Hello, good morning'." Acknowledgment matters to a workforce often rendered largely invisible. Ventura, 44, a former soldier, came to the UK from Angola 10 years ago. Now he is one of 150 Whitehall cleaners, supported by the community organisation Citizens UK, campaigning for a living wage, the minimum hourly wage necessary for housing, food and other basic needs, calculated annually.


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